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The Hits

Garth BrooksAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (December 13, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000008O4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In 1991 Garth Brooks did what no other country artist before had: he broke the million-seller mark with No Fences and solidified a string of No. 1 hits that also conquered the pop market. Fourteen of his No. 1s are here, including the rowdy working-class anthem "Friends in Low Places" and the signature power ballad "The Dance." All of Brooks's albums have their share of filler, but not this one. Even the toughest cynic will admire Brooks's charisma and deadly mastery of pop and country hooks. --Roy Kasten

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Garth Brooks ~ The Hits

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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just about all of them are here May 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Last I knew this had been certified for over 10 million in sales so I'm not sure how many people interested in this don't have it already, but those wanting to get an overview of just about all of Garth's hits will find most of them here. (Singles pre-1994, that is. That means don't look for "She's Every Woman","The Fever","Beaches of Cheyenne","The Change","It's Midnight Cinderella","That Ol' Wind","In Another's Eyes","Long Neck Bottle","She's Gonna Make It","Two Pina Coladas","To Make You Feel My Love" or "You Move Me")

If you're not sure what Garth means to country music, consider that before him a country show primarily meant the musicians simply performing without much showmanship. Garth brought flames, smokescreen, flying out over the stage on wires and other razzle dazzle to his shows and fans turned up in droves. He reminded country performers that a little spectacle isn't necessarily a bad thing.

HIGHLIGHTS:
All of these were chart hits to some degree or other but obviously some songs stand taller than others. To this day, "Friends in Low Places", "The Thunder Rolls", "Unanswered Prayers" and "If Tomorrow Never Comes" still get frequent (and deserved) airplay. "That Summer" doesn't get as many spins, but it should because it's a perfect evocation of the emotions every man goes through the first time he has sex. Garth was right about "Callin' Baton Rouge"...it's a great song. At least if New Grass Revival couldn't get a solid hit out of it, they got some recognition for the tune.

LOWS:
"American Honky-Tonk Bar Association" (the same stereotypes as on "Friends in Low Places" but without the great sense of humour) and the preachy "We Shall Be Free" are the clunkers here, despite their chart appearance.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A country music phenomenon July 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Garth Brooks recorded some great songs many of which are included in this fine collection, which was compiled from his first five albums (Garth Brooks, No fences, Roping the wind, The chase, In pieces). Garth's phenomenal success in his American homeland contrasts sharply with his international profile. He became very popular in some countries (notably Ireland) but conspicuously failed to make more than a limited impact elsewhere, notably Britain, where he had a few hit singles but his chart history is not spectacular, so this review focuses primarily on his American career.

Garth's first single (Much too young) was a great song but the other two hits (If tomorrow never comes, The dances) from his debut album (simply titled Garth Brooks) really set up his career. Irish singer Ronan Keating later had a British number one hit with a cover of If tomorrow never comes. While his debut album provided Garth was a great start to his career, he was at that stage overshadowed by another rising country star, Clint Black. While Clint was never quite able to match the brilliance of his debut album, Garth took country music to a whole new audience.

Garth's second album (No fences) yielded four major hits (Friends in low places, Unanswered prayers, The thunder rolls, Two of a kind working on a full house). Garth co-wrote The thunder rolls before he had a recording contract and Tanya Tucker was the first singer to record hit. Tanya's brilliant version was not released on an album at the time (it later appeared on a 4-CD boxed set in 1994) so Garth recorded it himself. The album eventually sold well over ten million copies in America, reaching out to a pop and rock audience that traditionally ignored country music.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st Country CD I bought and the best one September 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I never liked country music until I gave this CD a try back in 1994. It introduced me to Garth and to country, and I loved both ever since. Ever track on The Hits is a keeper, unlike all of Garth's studio albums which has a few fillers. Highly recommended to everyone!!! Doesnt get any better
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection Of Garth Brooks Biggest Hits! July 19, 2002
Format:Audio CD
While I am not a very big fan of country music, I have watched Garth Brooks' career with interest, for he seems to have a talent for producing some very interesting music and with a series of collaborators certainly has a lyrical gift worth appreciating. On particular songs such as "The Dance", he shows how high he is able to soar as an artist, although I have to confess that a lot of his other songs I find less than enthralling. Still, I am of the opinion that this collection of his hits is well worth listening to, and there really is something worth listening to here for everyone, even if much of what is here is not necessarily for everyone.
I am a sucker for most sentimental songs, although I do have limits, and much of what country music presents goes far beyond what I can appreciate, over into the land of contrived hooks and emotional showboating. Yet most of us would agree that "if Tomorrow Never Comes" is one of those songs that runs recklessly on the edge of the latter but stays beautifully just inside the limits of what even an old curmudgeon like me has to love! So, too, does the thoughtful emotionalism forwarded in "The River" and "Unanswered Prayers" provide us with examples of just how good Garth can be at his best. So too his magical lyrical confections catch us up in spite of ourselves in songs like "Standing Outside The Fire". Garth does indeed have a way with words.
We all should appreciate the degree to which Brooks has been an influence on the direction of contemporary country music, and I dare to be of the opinion that he has helped to encourage a degree of seriousness and purpose among many young songwriters that the general level of excellence has been lifted. While we may always be victimized by the "You Flushed Me Down The Toilet of Your Heart" kind of country singers, we can also look forward to an occasional glimpse at songs like "The Dance" or "The River" because of Garth. Enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Choice!
Love it! Came perfect and the CD didn't even have a scratch on it! Highly recamend it!
Published 17 days ago by Cody Farnsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars No complaints
CD worked perfectly, no skips. There were a couple cracks on the plastic case, but hey, that gives it character.
Published 1 month ago by John Yarbrough
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
This album has all my favorite Garth Brooks songs that bring me back to my teen years hanging out at the lake with friends. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angela
3.0 out of 5 stars the hits
I bought this when it first came out. The only Garth cd I had before this was the Garth Brooks Collection that you could get at McDonald's. Read more
Published 1 month ago by john thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
All the hits at a great price! What is not to love about a deal like this. If you like Garth, then you can't go wrong.
Published 2 months ago by James R. Sandage
3.0 out of 5 stars Super wierd packaging
I bought this for my mother for Christmas 2013. Even though I ordered well in advance, it arrived reeeaaallly late--like after New Years--and wrapped in someone's old clothes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Goatwomyn
5.0 out of 5 stars I say it's the best of Garth
I admit I don't like all of Garth songs, I am asmae way with many singers.
But this CD has most of his songs I like.
Published 3 months ago by Laszlo D.Makai
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music and Great Delivery
I took a chance and bought a used CD from Jason's Music. It was described as "Like New" and it is. It also arrived in record time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K2inMB
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it as a collector's item.
This is a great CD for someone who collects rare out of print CDs...but as far as listening to it goes,it has alot of his hits from his first five albums,but there are no... Read more
Published 5 months ago by SideshowBob
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
This is the first time I gave a "used" gift to anyone for Christmas. But it hasn't been made in over 10 years. The disc and case were both like new.
Published 6 months ago by Book Boy Michigan
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